The United States has received more than 9,500 applications from foreigners seeking to bring their illegal alien children to the U.S. under President Obama’s Central American Minors Refugee/Parole program, the Department of State admitted Tuesday.
In a press release announcing the expansion of the CAM program, the administration claimed:
The United States is also pleased to announce an expansion of our existing Central American Minors program, which currently provides children in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras with a safe and orderly alternative to the dangerous, irregular journey that some children are currently undertaking to reach the United States. As of today, the United States has received more than 9,500 applications for this program, which allows a lawfully-present parent within the United States to request refugee status for their children located in one of these three countries.
These “lawfully-present” adults include illegal aliens who’ve been granted temporary amnesty under Obama’s executive immigration actions, as well as those under “withholding of removal” or “deferred enforced departure.”
In the press release, the State Department also unveiled a new cooperation with Costa Rica to further the president’s unilateral CAM program, stating that the Costa Rican government will now allow certain “refugees” from other Central American countries to be temporarily transferred to Costa Rica while they await final transport to the United States to be reunited with their families.
Via the press release:
Today, the Government of Costa Rica has announced that they have agreed to enter into a protection transfer arrangement (PTA) with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to help address this regional migration challenge. This announcement is an important step forward for this program and the United States applauds Costa Rica’s consistent leadership on human rights and demonstrated capacity as a capable partner in addressing this regional migration challenge.
Through coordination with UNHCR and IOM, the United States government will pre-screen vulnerable applicants from the region seeking protection. After pre-screening, this arrangement will allow UNHCR and IOM to transfer applicants most in need of immediate protection to Costa Rica, where they will undergo refugee processing before being resettled to the United States or another third country.
Additionally, for cases not requiring immediate transfer to Costa Rica, the United States is establishing an in-country referral program to enable vulnerable residents in this region to be considered for refugee protection in the United States after being screened and interviewed by Department of Homeland Security officers in their countries of origin.
We’ll translate this for anyone who still isn’t sure what all this means:
Hello, we’re the Obama administration. We’re going to unilaterally change the longstanding legal definition of “refugee” so we can invent brand new ways of bringing illegal aliens into the United States at the expense of American taxpayers, and there’s absolutely nothing you can do about it.
Enjoy your day.